I wrote a little while ago about thinking of switching to Mint Debian, then changing my mind. That was before I discovered that my current version (15) would no longer download programs from its repositories, and I was effectively stuck with a system going nowhere. So I bit the bullet and made the big changeover on the weekend. I was hoping to keep the old system and set up a dual-boot arrangement, but that didn’t happen, so it was lucky that the changeover worked pretty smoothly. In fact I only overlooked one item: the Address Book for Mozilla Thunderbird, which I was able to replace nearly completely from my wife’s computer. But here are some random observations from the process: Read the rest of this entry »
Each new music playing program that I try brings me a little closer to perfection. From Banshee I moved to Clementine, because Clementine can link to my online Spotify account and play my Spotify playlists. But it was a problem for Clementine when a playlist contained both online tracks and tracks from my own PC — when it got to a local track in the playlist it would just stop and refuse to play further. So Clementine is no longer my darling, now I’ve tried Tomahawk. Read the rest of this entry »
Our first venture into laptop purchasing took place about six years ago when we bought an Acer Aspire 5315, closely followed by an Acer Aspire 5920 — or perhaps the other way around. Read the rest of this entry »
Linux Mint Essentials by Jay LaCroix.
Packt Publishing 2014
Review by Jon Jermey Read the rest of this entry »
I’ve written elsewhere about Python, the first and only programming language deliberately written to be user-friendly, and I thought I should make public a couple of programs I’ve written recently for some fairly specialised tasks. One is pure Bash, the other is a combination of Bash and Python, which provides the best of both worlds — Bash to do the heavy lifting, and Python as a user-friendly matrix with which to handle the housekeeping. I’ll discuss each one in turn below. Naturally, to use the Bash commands in the scripts you will have to have those commands installed in Linux Mint. There are also some non-standard Python libraries used in the programs — see here for details of how to install those using Pip. Read the rest of this entry »